Sometimes I run into a fragrance and wonder “why haven’t I had you in my life sooner”? This is one of those scents. Sometimes I smell something and it is so me. Despite my extensive fragrance collection, I see this (10 Corso Como)  is the kind of scent that I will keep going back to and using again and again and again. I flirt with many, many types of fragrances, but at heart my fragrance personality is “woods”. Especially, dry warm woods.

10 Corso Como doesn’t possess a certain in your face “wow” factor. It isn’t a chameleon. It doesn’t contain a collection of strange  “isn’t it ironic notes”. It’s just really pretty and a must have for the woodsy fragrance lover. It’s for those that love the richness and warmth of sandalwood, musk, oud, frankincense but don’t want to smell like hippies or like they stumbled upon a Grateful Dead tribute band concert when they were just trying to have a romantic picnic in the park. Don’t get me wrong. I adore a “headshop” fragrance oil, but I don’t want that from a $115 perfume. I want it to have some class, some beauty, some refinement.

10 Corso Como is one of those fragrances that you love or you hate. If you love sandalwood or oud, then you will most likely this one. In fact, you won’t find this very strong at all. You may find it too “weak” and “pretty”. The wearer that doesn’t reach for a woodsy scent may find this one too strong, too animalic, too smoky. I find it woodsy in a feminine way. It smells almost of a wood carved jewelry box where one would store their dainty perfume oils and aromatic elixirs. I can barely pick up the rosy elements. I get more a fresh, balsmy wood at first. It is a little strange. It’s very woodsy and balmsy. It smells like a clean, tidy recreation of an evergreen forest. When I say “clean”, I mean there isn’t any grit, moss, dirt, moisture. It’s the foresty perfume equivalent of those unadulterated “aquatic” based perfumes. It’s pure but it is not a synthetic forest scent that would remind someone of Irish Spring soap or a men’s cologne. I pick up on smooth woods and vetiver. It is very resinous and slightly “green”, but green like a mustard green or chicory (this I think is porcini raised in their pine needle beds, this aroma takes me on a mushroom hunt. I am an amateur mycologist, this does smell mushroomy). That’s the weird part of the fragrance. The strange forest, pine/vetiver, mushroom-ness. This stage quickly passes, about 5-15 minutes. It then becomes a turpentine-ish woodsy fragrance. It still smells like lady-like sweet woods such as sandalwood but with a bit of evergreen/turpentine edge. It really reminds me of the sap from an evergreen, mainly pine. A buttery sweetness is present among the woods and slight turpentine-ness (most likely the reason that I love it). This woodsy blend wears for some time. So to sum it up at this stage: Buttery sandalwood sap next to a a dried out piece of smooth evergreen wood. It’s much prettier than it sounds. I don’t really get the “smokiness” of this fragrance. I get an incense like aroma but no smoke. Frankincense provides an incense sans the smoke aroma. It smells rich and exotic but I feel it is there but in moderation. This is definitely more of a balsamy wood scent than it is a resiny oriental scent. The frankincense and musk is more apparent as the evergreen/porcini a.k.a turpentine fades. It becomes a sensual mix of sandalwood, frankincense, and musk. It becomes very elegant and almost too pretty. This happens after about 45 minutes of wear. It smells like a classic dry woods perfume. But, there is something a bit “off”, a certain strangeness that doesn’t scream at you but makes you realize that this isn’t your regular sandalwood obsessed fragrance. I think it is the oud wood/agarwood, one of my favorite notes in fragrance ever. I didn’t realize that I loved oud as much as do until about 2 years ago. It is such a weird note. It can smell like pretty dry woods, oil, floral, and even like porcini. Of course I love this wood for the fungal factor alone. It’s mesmerizing. I think why I like this fragrance so much is because the prized oud wood is there. In the beginning, I think this is what is making the top notes so strange. That spicy mustard/chicory must be the porcini like aroma of oud wood, it then gets a sandalwood warmth and really rounds out the sweetness of the buttery sandalwood present in this mix. It adds a bit of an unusual character that makes this scent glamorous and in my opinion worth the price.

Some people complain that this fragrance doesn’t last long. Yesterday when I wore it, it wore for 16 hours. Today it wore for over 14. It is the kind of fragrance that lasts a long time but just very closely to the skin. That is typical of woods heavy fragrances. They are there, you may not notice it, but others will. Woods make a fragrance last.

Notes listed include: rose, geranium, vetiver, frankincense, musk, sandalwood, and Malay oud-wood. Prices range from $85 to the 1.7 to $115 for the $3.4. Bath products are available in this line as well, oh, and a solid perfume. Have I mentioned that I love the 30’s vintage feel of this bottle? Since I have been renovating our 30’s home, I have been all about that era’s design. This bottle is right on and based on a flea-market find antique perfume bottle. It is available at beautyhabit.com.

Embarrassed? Why is that? I really dislike the brand Juicy Couture mainly because they make overpriced garments for hipless teenie boppers. I don’t have anything against hipless teenie boppers. It is just that I am a grown women. And as they say in the South “a grown ass woman”. This means that I need to dress so without being ashamed of my hips and all the other curves that I just so happen to own. Juicy Couture will occasionally have a few cute dresses or nice prints but I can’t stop thinking of their velour or terry track suit look with words like “juicy” on the bum. This bothers me. Nobody, even hipless teens, looks good in a hot pink terry sweatpant with old English letters on the backside. It is the most unflattering look ever. That being said, and I should add that I do own a few Juicy items, such as nice terry hoodies that I have picked up at Nordstrom Rack with a great price tag, I find Juicy clothing rather dull or even worse unflattering and trashy. So why should I be ashamed of completely loving the original EDP? Well, because it is made by Juicy Couture. Shallow, I know. But, it is a really popular fragrance by a really popular company. But, I must confess that I have loved it since it’s first day of launching, what was that 2 years ago?! Just like I try to keep my closet gothness hidden, I’ve tried to keep my love of Juicy EDP in the closet. I had a friend that worked for the launching campaign. He gave me a bazillion samples because he understood that I couldn’t possibly purchase after dogging all the rich mall rats that sported the letters on the ass look making them look at least 25 pounds heavier under the bellybutton. I would wear the fragrance. People would ask me what I was wearing and I would lie through my teeth that I was wearing something else or merely “a lady never reveals such”. Sick, but that is why I must confess. Years have passed and I am down to the last few sprays of a sample spray vial. The time has come to order it online, grow up, and admit that I like a very popular fruity floral. I must also come to terms that it is OK and that I am no less of a glamazon and adult women for liking this fragrance. I can’t really explain my love for it. I must admit that I did love the initial add campaign with the huge haired Antoinette ladies with a punky attitude and the giant sized animals. It was genius. And I do live in that type of fantasy and wear big hair. I love that at first spritz it is loud and really fruity. It is a super synthetic and sweet watermelon and apple like a Pixie Stick but thank God that it smells of a loud tuberose bouquet on me. It is super floral, super girly and unlike my other tuberose scents not “old”. It is a wonderful new take on such a hard to wear and crude floral.  It is a sweet tuberose but it isn’t very vanilla-ish, at least on me. It is a “loud” scent and the original ad campaign imagery perfectly sums it up. It is super ladylike with a bit of a young and mall rat-ish edge. My husband loves it but he has a thing for tuberose in incarnation. I have smelled many mainstream fruity florals but none are as interesting as this one. And the bottle is really cute. And it wears for hours, the entire day on me. And there are lots of cute “extras”. Has anyone tried the shampoo or conditioner? Please share. I would love to try those. Especially since I am now unashamed of loving Juicy Couture EDP. It can be purchased at fragrancenet.com. and beauty.com.


Juicy Couture Perfume for Women Eau De Parfum Spray 1.7 Oz by Juicy Couture

From: BigDiscountFragrances.com

So, my husband and I are moving to Washington next week. It’s going to take 36 hours of hard driving to get there. I don’t know where I am going to live and I don’t have a job yet. It still hasn’t really hit me yet, I just know that I am putting my stuff into boxes and researching the heck out of areas to live in the Seattle area. I’ve got to get into a pioneer mindset and just go for it. I hope I’ll like the place. If anyone has any suggestions of places to move to please let me know. I’m ghetto and from the South so I’m pretty sure I can take anything.  And I’ve got to move like a hundred bottles of perfume and I have no idea how to do this without a major blowout. Please comment on this.

I know I can make this trip if a bunch of people did it in a covered wagon before me.

french bulldog

These Frenchies are courtesy of Tahoma French bulldogs, the most beautiful babies on the world wide web. Hopefully, they will be my doggie neighbors.

Rawhide.